Mitchell Starc was injured on the knee by a straight shot during his follow-through during Tuesday’s net practise. The pacer hobbled off the field on his own, with no help. However, the next day, he bowled and batted, and he is scheduled to play in his team’s match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the left-hander was pictured with a compression sleeve on his knee and was being closely checked by team medics.
If Starc is ruled out of the Sri Lanka match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, Australia’s top-ranked T20I bowler and a surprise absence from Australia’s opener against South Africa on October 23, and paceman Kane Richardson are the potential replacements.
Test your quicks It was the first time Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood bowled together for Australia in a T20I against Temba Bavuma’s South Africa.
Due to the tight scheduling of their matches, Australia’s pacers will be tested in their next match against England on Saturday.
England has won two games in a row and is currently in first place in Group 1. In a group that also includes Bangladesh, New Zealand, and the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia are ranked second and third, respectively.